Employee Handbook Changes


The Mississippi State Personnel Board has approved revisions to the January 1, 2020 edition of the State Employee Handbook.  Agencies and employees should particularly note the changes in:



Chapter 6 (Performance Review System)

The MSPB has revised the employee performance assessment process.  Effective January 1, 2020 the Performance Review System will replace the Performance Development System.  There is a 6 month transition period from January 1, 2020 to implement the new system and beginning July 1, 2020 the Performance Review System is mandatory for all agencies.  The MSPB will be conducting training on the new assessment system for agencies beginning January 2020 and all employees should have an active performance assessment period open by July 1, 2020.



Chapter 7 (Employee Corrective and Disciplinary Action)

The MSPB has revised the employee corrective and disciplinary process effective January 1, 2020.  These changes are intended to ensure an efficient, fair and consistent corrective and disciplinary process for employees.  The procedures comply with the statutory protections afforded to employees and implement management best practices so agencies can be successful.



Chapter 8 (Grievances)

The MSPB has revised the employee grievance process effective January 1, 2020.  Grievable issues have been clarified and the grievance process has been reduced to 2 steps.  Grievances must now be initially submitted to the agency Human Resources Director or other agency designee.  In the event that an agency does not have a Human Resources division, grievances must be submitted to the appointing authority's designee who has HR responsibilities.



Chapter 9 (Mississippi Employee Appeals Board)

The MSPB has revised the administrative rules of the Mississippi Employee Appeals Board effective January 1, 2020.  The rule changes clarify the personnel issues which may be appealed to the MEAB for the hearing officer's review.


Click here for the 1/1/2020 State Employee Handbook.

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